Bendheim Wall Systems’ Channel Glass Project Wins World Architecture News Effectiveness Award

Union County Juvenile Detention Ctr. channel glass wall
Union County Juvenile Detention Center – a winner of the first World Architecture News Effectiveness Awards
Photo © Mikiko Kikuyama 2011
Union County channel glass exterior
The vertical window-wall of Bendheim Wall Systems’ channel glass is almost 16 feet above the ground
Union County channel glass exterior
Channel glass allows abundant year-round daylight while shielding interiors from hot summer sun
The Union County Juvenile Detention Center in Linden, N.J., featuring Bendheim Wall Systems’ Lamberts channel glass, is a winner of the first World Architecture News (WAN) Effectiveness Awards. The first major international competition of its kind, the WAN Awards aims to find the best examples of architectural design which profoundly impact society.
Described as “optimism that belies the building type,” the 72,000 sq. ft. Center transcends correctional facility stereotypes. Designed by Ricci Greene Associates, the open and spacious building promotes the sense of connectedness with the outside and provides a safe, orderly, and humane environment for the young people who spend time there.
Only one room deep at any given point, the building wraps around a one acre outdoor courtyard, optimizing light, space and connectivity and, at the same time, serving as the Center’s secure perimeter. High-impact, security glazing replaces steel bars, razor wire, or perimeter fencing and offers a more normative environment for youths while providing daylight and views.
Daylight is a paramount element of the Center’s design and floods in from both the exterior and corridor sides.  Bendheim Wall Systems provided its SGCC certified, 504 Rough Cast™ textured Lamberts channel glass with a thermal interlayer coupled with its proprietary frame system for the project. Interior housing units incorporate a raked roof creating a vertical window-wall of channel glass almost 16’ above the ground. Installed by Clifton Architectural Glass and Mirror, Clifton, N.J., Lamberts channel glass is free of mullions and allows abundant year-round daylight, while shielding interiors from hot summer sun.
Daylight, colors, textures and views to the outside have been shown to have a positive impact on the mood and behavior of both residents and employees of the Center. Through integration of architectural design, counseling, education, and recreational programs, the Center is not merely a correctional facility but a vital part of the justice system. It was designed to offer alternatives to those exhibiting deviant behavior, support interaction between youths, mentors, and community volunteers and facilitate residents successful transition back into the community.
“The Union County Juvenile Detention Center is a remarkable example of architectural design having an impact on society in a direct and positive manner,” said Michael Tryon, General Manager of Bendheim Wall Systems, Inc. “The project makes an excellent case for the positive physiological effects of daylighting and views made possible through the usage of our channel glass wall system.”  
Bendheim Wall Systems’ translucent, U-shaped Lamberts channel glass creates sweeping walls of glass, including curves and corners, without the need for intermediate framing members. Reaching heights of 23 feet, it is an ideal daylighting material and contains as much as 60 percent recycled glass, including up to 40 percent post-consumer content.
About Bendheim Wall Systems
Bendheim Wall Systems, Inc. is North America's leading channel glass wall systems supplier. The company’s award-winning projects include Steven Holl’s Bloch Building/Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Shaw Center for the Arts by Schwartz/Silver, Moore Ruble Yudell’s Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure, and the Boston ICA by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Bendheim’s partnership with Glasfabrik Lamberts, the largest privately held cast glass factory in Europe, spans eight decades. 

About WAN Effectiveness Awards 
The WAN Effectiveness Awards, in partnership with global multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Buro Happold, is the first major international competition of its kind, aiming to find the best in architectural design that has profoundly impacted society, transcending the requirements of the client brief and aesthetic appeal.

This article references the following Bendheim divisions:
Corporate, Wall Systems


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